Mariana Villalba, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Credit Analyst

Mariana Villalba, CFA, is an emerging markets corporate portfolio manager and credit analyst on William Blair’s emerging markets debt team. Before joining William Blair, she was a credit analyst on NN Investment Partners’ EMD team, where she covered Latin American banks and corporates. Before joining NNIP, Mariana was part of the sell-side credit research team at Itau, where she focused on Brazilian banks. Mariana received a B.A. from the University of São Paulo.


Emerging Markets Corporate Debt

Financial Inclusion Drives Investment Opportunities

Mariana Villalba, CFA
Emerging Markets Debt

Financial inclusion—which is the access to and use of formal financial services—can drive economic growth, reduce poverty, and smooth inequalities. Corporate debt issuers can be active players in that process, creating an opportunity for emerging...

The Spread Over Sovereign Framework

Mariana Villalba, CFA
Emerging Markets Debt

As the emerging markets hard currency universe has evolved from an asset class predominantly composed of sovereign debt to a more diversified one including sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, and corporate debt, opportunities to create better risk-adjusted portfolios...

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